Truck Drivers drive heavy trucks, removal vans, tankers and tow trucks to transport bulky goods and liquids.

    You can work as a Truck Driver without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in driving operations might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • manoeuvring vehicles into position for loading and unloading
    • loading and unloading vehicles using lifting and tipping devices
    • observing safety requirements when loading and unloading vehicles
    • making regular quality checks of vehicles to ensure they can be driven safely
    • estimating weights to comply with load limitations and ensuring safe distribution of weight
    • ensuring goods are stowed and securely covered to prevent loss and damage
    • verifying loading documents, checking condition of goods and obtaining certification of deliveries

    All Truck Drivers

    • $1,509 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 209,300 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 85% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 49 hours Average full-time
    • 47 years Average age
    • 3% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Truck Drivers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
    from 209,300 in 2018 to 223,100 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 127,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 25,400 a year).

    • Size: This is a very large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Truck Drivers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Construction; and Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,509 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (85%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 49 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (58%).
    • Gender: 3% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    2008171200
    2009174200
    2010165800
    2011167400
    2012167400
    2013180600
    2014171500
    2015181100
    2016190900
    2017192900
    2018209300
    2023223100

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsTruck DriversAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings15091460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing56.0
    Construction9.2
    Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services6.2
    Manufacturing6.0
    Other Industries22.6

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateTruck DriversAll Jobs Average
    NSW30.731.6
    VIC23.125.6
    QLD22.920.0
    SA7.07.0
    WA12.410.8
    TAS2.32.0
    NT0.91.0
    ACT0.71.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketTruck DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.4-5.05.0
    20-243.6-9.39.3
    25-3416.6-22.922.9
    35-4421.2-22.022.0
    45-5429.8-21.621.6
    55-5913.7-9.09.0
    60-649.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over5.0-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationTruck DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree2.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV26.8-21.121.1
    Year 1216.6-18.118.1
    Year 118.5-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below41.6-12.512.5

    You can work as a Truck Driver without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in driving operations might be helpful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • obtain special licences for transporting certain loads (such as dangerous substances)
    • construction induction card (white card)
    • forklift licence
    • manual drivers licence
    • medium rigid (MR) driver's licence
    • heavy ridged (HR) driver's licence
    • national police check
    • medical test
    • Psychometric or aptitude tests

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Transport and Logistics Training Package VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

    Useful links and resources


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    Employers look for Truck Drivers who are reliable, provide good customer service and are well presented.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Transportation

      60% Skill level

      Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

    2. Customer and Personal Service

      59% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    3. Public Safety and Security

      50% Skill level

      Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

    4. Mechanical

      49% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    5. English Language

      47% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 53-3032.00 - Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment

      94% Important

      How often do you work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car)?

    2. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

      88% Important

      How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

    3. Time Pressure

      87% Important

      How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?

    4. Very Hot or Cold Temperatures

      86% Important

      How often do you work in very hot or very cold temperatures (above 32 or below 0 degrees Celsius)?

    5. Telephone

      83% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 53-3032.00 - Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers.

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